1950 to 1959: The Two Superpowers

1950 to 1959: The Two Superpowers

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March 17, 1953

The United States conducts the "Annie" nuclear test at the Nevada Test Site on March 17, 1953. It yielded 16 kilotons. A wood-framed house was built for the occasion as part of a civil defense study on the effects of a nuclear explosion.

May 1, 1952

The United States conducts Shot Dog on May 1, 1952, the fourth in the Operation Tumbler Snapper series of nuclear tests at the Nevada Test Site. Dog yielded 19 kilotons. It was part of the Desert Rock IV exercises, where thousands of military personnel trained to simulate activity on a nuclear battlefield.

April 22, 1952

The United States conducts Shot Charlie on April 22, 1952, the third in the Operation Tumbler Snapper series of nuclear tests at the Nevada Test Site. Charlie yielded 31 kilotons, and was part of the Desert Rock IV exercises, where thousands of military personnel trained to simulate activity on a nuclear battlefield.

April 1, 1952

The United States conducts the Shot Able nuclear test; the first in the Operation Tumbler Snapper series of nuclear tests at the Nevada Test Site. The test is conducted on April 1, 1952, and had a yield of 1 kiloton. 

November 19, 1951

The United States conducts the "Sugar" nuclear test on November 19, 1951 at the Nevada Test Site. The test yields 1.2 kilotons. "Sugar" is the 6th test of Operation Buster-Jangle and is conducted in conjunction with Operation Desert Rock II, with troops conducting maneuvers at a distance of 5 miles to simulate activity on a nuclear battlefield.

October 28, 1951

The United States conducts the Baker Shot; the second nuclear test conducted in the Operation Buster-Jangle test series. It is held at the Nevada Test Site in October-November 1951. Baker is detonated on October 28, 1951, yielding 3.5 kilotons.

April 20, 1951

The United States Conducts the Shot Easy nuclear test on April 20, 1951 at Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands. It was the second in the Operation Greenhouse series of nuclear weapons tests. The Easy test, meant to test a new, lighter implosion bomb, yielded 47 kilotons.

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